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potts joins us from washington with more on how the president plans to rescue the economy. tracie, good morning. >> lynn, good morning. today the president will deliver that speech in a state where one of his harshest critics is from, republican leader john boehner, and from a region that's been hit hard by unemployment. the president's expected to urge congress to let the bush tax cuts expire for the wealthy, individuals earning over $200,000 and couples over the $250,000. plus, he wants to spend $50 billion on transportation projects and create $200 billion in business tax breaks, allowing small businesses to write off capital investments next year, giving them more cash to hire new workers. >> we're talking investments in tomorrow that are creating hundreds of thousands of private sector jobs right now. >> all of it paid for by ending tax breaks for big companies. republicans say it's the wrong approach. >> i don't think the american people want any more stimulus spending coming out of washington. we need to get our arms around the out-of-control spending. >> it's a pro-business agen
to prop up small businesses and the middle class nbc's tracie potts jones us for more. >> increasingly, docrats disagree with him over taxes and republans are digging in, not good sign for a compromise seven weeks before an election. w do win a tax fight and an election? first, solidify the base. >> don't forget who is standing with you and who is standing against you. >> then put pressure on your opponent. >> we simply don't have time any more to play games. >> reporter: extending tax cuts to americans earning over $250,000 has become the lightning rod for a nasty partisan fight heading into november. republicans aren't wavering. >> republicans are united. no tax accuracies on nobody. >> reporter: even house leader john boehner who suggested sunday he might support the president is backing off. >> would you vote for -- >> want to extend all of the current tax rates -- >> reporter: tuesday's primary appears to have excluded both sides. analysts say tea party wins could backire on republicans. >> seems like it was a sense of voter nullification, like we're not listening to you. we, the
for holding up his tax plan to prop up small businesses and the middle class. nbc's tracie potts joins us live now from capitol hill. good morning. >> good morning. republicans are digging in, not all of his own party members are on board. and all of this less than two months before a key election. how to win a tax fight and an election. first, solidify the base. >> don't forget who is standing with you and who is standing against you. >> reporter: then put pressure on your opponents. >> we simply don't have time any more to play games. >> reporter: extending tax cuts to americans earning over $250,000 has become the lightning rod for a nasty partisan fight heading into november. more than two dozen democrats now disagree with president obama. republicans aren't wavering. >> republicans are united. no tax increases on nobody. >> reporter: even house leader john boehner who suggested sunday he might support the president is now backing off. >> if that is your only option, as you said sunday, would you vote -- >> i want to extend all of the current tax rates -- >> reporter: tuesday's primary app
the outer banks expected overnight tonight and into the morning. lynn? >> kristen dahlgren there for us in north carolina. kristen, thank you. >>> police in maryland shot and killed an armed gunman who took three hostages inside the maryland headquarters of the discovery channel yesterday. court records show the 43-year-old radical environmentalist began protesting against the cable tv channel two years ago, hoping to convince executives to devote more programming time to environmental issues. nbc's brian mooar has our report. >> reporter: for four terrifying hours, a gunman carrying what looked like bombs held three hostages inside the discovery channel building just outside the nation's capital. negotiations with 43-year-old james j. lee broke down. authorities say they had to open fire after he made an aggressive move with his gun. >> he pulled out the handgun that he came in with and pointed it at one of the hostages. at that point, our tactical units moved in. they shot the suspect. the suspect is deceased. >> reporter: most of the hundreds of people inside the building had no clue
be moved. crews used saws to dismantle the 1957 aero commander, which experienced engine failure shortly after takeoff. fortunately, no one was hurt. >>> and no vehicle is safe in detroit, not even the mayor's. an suv, part of the mayor's security detail, was robbed of its wheels and put up on cinder blocks. the vehicle was parked outside a gated detroit condo, but it's not clear why the vehicle was there. police are now investigating. >>> now for a look at your national and regional weather, let's check in with nbc meteorologist bill karnins witha busy weather channel forecast. bill? >> good morning, lynn. all eyes are on earl. this is a monster of a storm, one of the strongest to threaten the east coast of the united states. it's been since 1950, a hurricane called helene, that was a category 4 that approached the outer banks, and this one is also a category 4 storm. if this track goes inland, just any little deviation, this could be a very destructive event. as of now, though, it's supposed to remain just barely off the coast. here's the forecast path from the hurricane center, showin
today," plugged up. the blown-out bp well that caused the largest oil spill in u.s. history is finally declared dead. >>> home sweet home. an american hiker jailed in iran for more than a year speaks out. >>> and house arrest. actor randy quaid and his wife in hot water again. actor randy quaid and his wife in hot water again. this time, accus of squatting. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning, i'm lynn berry. and today we begin with mission finally accomplished. bp says a permanent seal is now in place on its blown-out well at the bottom of the gulf of mexico. however, killing the catastrophic well off is a bittersweet victory for gulf coast residents, who fear they'll be battling the effects of the nation's worst environmental disaster for years to come. nbc's jay greg has our report. >> reporter: it began april 20th with a massive fireball and deadly flames cutting through the night air. as the deepwater horizon rig exploded, then collapsed, 11 lives were lost. and oil began to seep into the gulf, the start of the worst spill in u.s. hi
joins us from washington with the latest. good morning, tracie. >> amara, good morning. what to do about taxes? the senate has confirmed what the house said, that this is not going to happen before you go to the polls in november. senate democrats got together, but could not agree on how to move forward. the issue is whether or not to preserve the bush tax cuts for everyone or just for the middle class and let taxes go up on the wealthy. it is a political hot potato headed into november, not one that the democrats now say they want to touch before you go to the polls. however, what they did back, a small business bill, $30 billion, a new fund to help small businesses get loans. this was mainly a democratic issue. the idea here is that if businesses have more cash, they'll hire people, buy equipment, expand and help pull this economy out of a slump. the gop called it a bailout. their plan is their new pledge to america. a government that's too big is something they say they want to get rid of if they are elected in november. they also want to expand tax cuts and several other measures tha
in june 2009, recovery began 14 months ago. but not for millions of us, the president acknowledged. >> the challenge is that the hole was so deep that a lot of people out there are still hurting. >> reporter: and when a wall street ceo complained -- we have felt like a pinata. maybe you don't feel like you're whacking us with a stick, but we certainly feel we've been getting whack with a stick. >> reporter: the president staged a comeback. >> i think most folks on main street feel like they've been beat up on. >> reporter: and he will not okay tax cuts for anthony caramucci and his friends. >> 86% of that going to people making $1 million or more and lowered the deficit at the same time. i don't have the math. >> reporter: but will he have the votes after november to keep steering the recovery? i'm steve handelsman. nbc news, capitol hill. >>> house republican leaders plan to unveil a roughly 20 point governing agenjengenda fo next congress on thursday amid crucial elections they're hoping will give them control the chamber. the agenda is expected to focus on job, spending, heath c
other coalition troops, after afghan army soldier and u.s. civilian were hurt and transported to a military medical center for treatment. the cause of the crash is undertion investigation. >> now here's a look at other stories making news early today in america. >>> in georgia, traffic came to a near stand still after a small plane made an emergency landing on an interstate during rush hour there. no one was hurt. the cause of the crash is not yet known. >>> a smokey fire under a bridge in new york left some commuters stranded for several hours. an electrical transformer reportedly blew out, sparking the blaze. service was eventually restored after firefighters extinguished the flames and officials inspected the bridge. >>> in texas, a first-time mom at the dallas zoo is said to be doing a great job taking care of her 2-month-old zebra named webster. it is the zoo's fourth frebe, the fourlargest of all zebras. >>> and in ohio, being crowned king of the gridiron isn't just for burly football players. in-state rivals rufus the bobcat and that's from ohio state university and bru
knows what it's like to struggle through tough times. nbc's tracie potts joins us from washington with more on how the president plans to reexcuse the company. >> one of the harshest critics is from john boehner in a region that's been hit hard by unemployment. the president expected to urge congress to let the bush tax cuts expire for the wealthy, individuals earning over $200,000 and couples over the $50,000, plus he wanted to spend $50 billion on transportation projects and create $200 billion in business tax breaks allows small businesses to write off business investments giving them more money to hire new workers. >> we're talking investments tomorrow that are creating thousands of private sector jobs right now. >> reporter: all of it ending for tax breaks by big companies. they say it's the wrong approach. >> i don't think americans want any more stimulus coming out of washington. we need to get our arms out of out of control spending. >> it's to aid democrats in november that's sick of washington politics. >> the state of the nation is what should be the driving force and n
us live now from council. good morning, tracy. big day. >> it's going to be a big week and a big season headed into these elections as congress figures out whether or not to extend these bush tax cuts that are expiring at the end of the year. coming out of the weekend, republican leader john boehner who had been very critical of the president's plan signaled that he might support it in order to get something done before these tax cuts expires. but all hopes of a compromise were dashed when his party came out strongly yesterday and said that these tax cuts must be preserved for everyone, the poor, the middle class and, yes, the wealthy, those who make over $250,000. his party is not the only group that supports that. we now know of at least three democrats who say, look, this is the wrong time with our economy still not on good footing to raise taxes. we need to preserve these tax cuts for everyone. so it's a fight not only against republicans, but against some members of the democratic party, as well. lynn. >> tracy potts for us in washington. tracy, thank you. >>> and across the
the coast of somalia was rescued by the u.s. marines. they seized control of the vessel and captured them without firing a single shot. most were hilled partly because the crew was able to kill the engine before locking themselves in a channel room chamber. >>> this morning washington reports capital employs oh back taxes. it was owed by 4% of congressional employees, a percentage slightly higher than the national average. >>> and a new gallop ranking says the u.s. is the fifth most generous country on earth tying with switzerland. new zealand and australia tied for first. >>> and now here's an early look at how wall street will kick off the day. the dow opens at 10,415 after gaping 28 points yesterday. the s&p added 5. the nasdaq rose 7. taking a look at overseas trading this morning, in tokyo the nikkei climbed 140 points, while in hong kong, the hang seng was up 90 points. >>> with wall street still looking for a memo mem ton of its own stocks rose thursday with hopes that ooh economic recover may be resuming. they touched a 1 month high after data showed new claims for unploimd insura
constituents may be most frustrated by what congress did not get done. nbc's tracie potts has more for us from washington. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, they got out without making a decision on the tax cuts. democrats want to extend them for the r for the middle class. republicans want to extend them for everyone. that decision now pushed back until after the election. in the house, 39 democrats side with republicans on that vote to adjourn without dealing with taxes. but there was a flurry of activity several items approved, including a 9/11 victims compensation fund that will be reopened and the government will also pay for health care for ground zero workers. that had been opposed, saying it was another big $7 billion entitlement program. a temporary spending bill was passed. the government's fiscal year ends today. temporary spending bill will allow the government to continue operate for another two months, and some major changes coming to nasa. the space shuttle program and the space station will continue, but the constellation program sending astronauts back to the moo
-coordinated robbers who used a stolen pickup truck to crash into a store and steal an atm machine. police say the band of thieves got away with a couple hundred dollars using another stolen vehicle to smash into the machine. unfortunately, damage done to the start is worth more than the money and the machine combined. >>> in texas, police seized nearly 20,000 pounds of marijuana with a street value of $10 million. the mature four-to-12-foot plants were found in a densely forested area outfitted with an irrigation system and lookout platform. no arrest have been made. >>> and in florida, a miami dolphin training session came to a complete stand still when defensive end lang ford lost his 2.5 carat, $50,000 earring. he forgot to remove his jewelry before practice and ended up losing one. the line searched the field but to no avail. brutal. >>> now for a look at your national and regional weather, we check in with bill karins with the weather channel forecast. good morning. >>> good morning, everyone wants to know in light of what it's doing in the carolinas, what is it going to do to cape cod. a tropica
towards goals such as economic crisis and peace in the middle east. michelle franzen is live for us in new york. >> reporter: good morning, amara. certainly the president's speech will focus on what he talked about last year and rebuilding a lot of the international relations following the bush administration's foreign policy. but many of the same issues are still -- president is still facing with foreign policy agenda, including much in the middle east. of course, combat units in iraq left there at the end of awl august, but still, about 50,000 troops remain in iraq, training security forces there and in afghanistan, troops, of course, have been increased along with the attacks by insurgents. and certainly talks, peace talks for the middle east twin israeli and palestinian leaders got a jump start earlier this month, but so far, still no direct talks planned in the meantime. of course, iran and north korea's defiance over international sanctions and pressure to stop their nuclear program will take the stage, as well. president obama is expected to speak early this morning and following ir
constituents may be most frustrated with what congress didn't get done. tracie potts has more for us from washington. >> reporter: good morning, everyone. there was no decision on taxes, what to do about extending the bush tax cuts at the end of the year. democratic leaders had said they will not deal with that before the election. that's exactly what happened. but they barely got out of town without doing so in the house after a last-minute speech by republican leader john boehner that drew 39 democrats to his side. in the end, they agreed to adjourn without dealing with taxes by just one vote. but there was a flurry of activity before the house adjourned. they did approve several bills, including a stopp spending measure so the government can continue to function for another two months. the fiscal year ends tomorrow. they also approved a nasa bill that deals with the future of that program, extends both the space shuttle and the space station programs and ends the bush era program that would have landed astronauts on the moon once again. finally, a 9/11 program was extended, as well, in
elections, it could reach a boiling point. nbc's tracie potts joins us live now from capitol hill. good morning. >> reporter: it is clear the battle lines are drawn despite what we saw yesterday may have been a hint of compromise between republicans and the democratic party. republican john boehner hinting he might support president obama's plan to extend tax cuts only forethose who make up to $250,000. not for people who make more than that. but the republican party, other member, came back and made it very clear that they want these bush tax cuts extended for everyone, including the so-called wealthy, because they say those are the job creators in our society. jobs that right now are so desperately needed. interestingly, it's not a completely partisan fight, because at least three democrats agree that these cuts should be extended for everyone until the economy is on better footing. so we're looking at two deadlines coming up. first of all, the cuts expiring by the end of the year and, also, the effect of this election coming up in just a few weeks in november. lynn? >> absolutely. tr
november. incomes's tracie potts joins us with the latest. good morning, tracie. >> reporter: good morning. the international is confirming what we heard from nancy pelosi and the house, they will not deal with the tax issue until after november's election, after you go to vote. senate majority leader harry reid say they go sat down with democrats in the senate but couldn't work out an idea of how they would proceed with this in the senate. the idea here is whether or not to preserve the bush tax cuts for everyone or just for the middle class and let taxes go up on the wealthy. it's a political hot potato. not one democrat seems to want to touch this before everyone goez to the polls. they backed a small business bill, now going to the president's desk. $30 billion to set up a new fund for small businesses to get loans so that they can expand, so they can hire people. the gop called this a bailout and they've got a new plan going into november calling it their pledge to america. reduce tax cuts and make them permanent for everyone. >> tracie potts, thank you. >>> once again, the iranian pr
are served with a wiretap order. right now those services using what's known as peer-to-peer software are difficult to intercept, because they're not routed through a central hub. according to the "times," the bill, which the obama administration plans to submit to congress next year, raises fresh questions about how to balance security needs with a question of privacy. >>> the bishop of a georgia mega church has broken his silence, speaking to his congregation for the first time since being accused of luring four young men into sexual relationships. in a fiery speech, eddie long vowed to fight the allegations and lawsuits, claiming that the church leader, an outspoken opponent of gay marriage, gave the young men gifts and took them on trips in an attempt to seduce them. federal and state authorities say they won't investigate the allegations because all four men have said they were 17 or 18 when the relationships began. the state of georgia's age of sexual consent is 16 years old. >>> today nbc news is proud to kick off "education nation" here at 30 rock. it is a special week of prog
. if you're watching us on wnne 31 white river junction in vermont. definitely more than just fixal. got all fired up. six artists from vermont in near buy shelburne at the shelburne museum. >>> the question is are you fired up today. >> i am a little bit. >> good. >> not sure why but i am. >> i haven't seen you for a while. all right. see you soon. here's an early look at this morning's headlines in entertainment. back in the '80s greed was good but today at the box office greed is just okay. the long awaited sequel wall street's money never sleeps won the box office title this week but fell short of expectations taking in only $19 million. the experts blame that underperformance on failure to attract the younger crowd. a whopping 65% of wall street's audience was over the age of 30. also underperforming this weekend legend of the guardians, an animated fantasy adventure cost $130 million to make and some picked it to win but it only managed second with a little over $16 million. perhaps the weekend's top performer was ben affleck's the town. that raised the ten-day total to over $49 mi
by holding a congressional hearing this week. >> many questions must be answered by all of us, whose job it is to protect our people. >> reporter: protection seems too late for many of the san bruno residents who finally got the all-clear on sunday to go home. >> i'm anxious. when we left i thought i'm leaving all of 36 years of memory in a house and i may never see them again. >> reporter: memories now tainted with many inanswered questions, frances coe, nbc news. >>> a look at some other stories making news early today in america. in alabama a police officer is recovering after a bizarre series of accidents sent him to the emergency room. the officer was first thrown 50 yards off his motorcycle when it crashed and caught fire. after a vehicle moved out of line during a funeral procession. an ambulance responded to the scene but soon after en route to the hospital it overturned and caught fire. the officer suffered multiple broken bones and significant trauma to his legs and arms. >>> more than 25,000 people filled new york's central park for a five kilometer race for the cure. politici
. it was blocked by republicans with some claiming democrats were using the issue to score political points. steve handelsman has more. >> i stand here today on two good legs again as a prud, gay marine. >> democrats roll out their big guns. eric alfa, one of the first warriors hurt in the war. alva got a medical discharge. but since don't ask, don't tell took effect in 1993, 13,000 men and women have been kicked out of the military. >> but it's long past time to repeal this policy, which is both unjust, un-american and extremely hurtful to the effectiveness of our military. >> reporter: but republicans blocked the vote. >> the motion is not agreed to. >> reporter: john mccain opposes this repeal. >> we would be ignoring the troops and casting aside the professional military advice given by each of the four service chiefs. >> in fact, just before president obama awarded a medal of honor to the marine he's chosen to keep in command of the corps said don't let gays serve openly yet. we're not quite sure what the impact would be. >> reporter: a bigger blow came from susan collins who backs repeal. >>
is in washington, d.c. live with us this morning with the latest. good morning to you, tracie. >> veronica, good morning. what you'll see this week will take auto a very distinct campaign-like feel, the white house trying to bring back what worked for them two years ago during the presidential campaign. the president swinging through several states over the next two days with two goals -- to energize young voters and to sell his economic plan. part of that plan was helping small businesses. we saw that as he signed the small business plan into law yesterday creating a $30 billion fund to give them more money to free up money for these businesses to expand and hire workers. today, president obama takes his message to albuquerque, new mexico, where he'll continue a series of backyard meetings with voters and have a big rally at the university of wisconsin later on tonight. as we get closer to the election, we're seeing the administration get much more aggressive in tone and message, by vice president biden saying to republicans stop whining and look for some alternatives out there. president obama
american officials staged 9/11. >> translator: that some segments within the u.s. government orchestrated the attack to reverse the american economy and its gripn the middle east in order to save this regime. >> reporter: u.s. diplomates and others walked out. rudy giuliani, new york's mayor on 9/11, called ahmadinejad insane or giving a great imitation. irn, giuliani said, must get get nuclear weapons. that was china's goal, who is pressuring iran. an arab/israeli peace deal is hoped to be completed next year. >> we can have a new agreement, an independent sovereign state of palestine living in peace with israel. >>> now here's a look at some other stories making news early today in america. >>> in california, workers fom sea world tried asising a sea lion with a spear stuck in its back, but to no avail. officials don't know how the animal got speared, but say if it was done on purpose, it would be a pearl offense. >>> in oregon, a bus driver is out of a job after a passenger got videoof that driv reading an e-book while driving down the highway. he was eventually fired for posing a thre
night, the gop establishment was once again upended by the tea party. tracie potts joins us now from capitol hill with more. tra an interesting evening. >> reporter: in new hampshire still counting votes in the republican senate primary there. as of now we und that kelly ayot is about 1,000 points ahead but the vote countying continues there. as you said, this is the year of the tea party. they seem to be upsetting some party favorites. >> don't ever underestimate the power of we the people. [ cheers and applause ] >> reporter: the tea party favorite who republicans said couldn't be elected dog catcher won the party's senate nomination in delaware, and in new york, political newcomer paladino overcame the 40-point lead to become the republican candidate for governor. >> if we've learned anything tonight, it's that new yorkers are as mad as hell. >> reporter: he'll take on democrat andrew cuomo. also in new york, 40-year-old charlie rangel beat the democrat and a dozen ethics charges for his bid to stay in washington. >> no matter what they say, i go back to washington stronger than e
. >> all andrew offers us is startus cuomo. >> thank you, thank you, thank you. >> reporter: also in new york despiting facing voters for the first time fais while facing ethics charges, charles rangel had an easy win. nbc news. >> one result is still spending. that the new hampshire primary. preliminary results show kelly ayotte is ahead of ovide lamontagne the. >>> sarah shourd is free after spending a year in an iranian prison. but the story is not over. two other american hikers still face espionage charges. >> reporter: it was a happy ending tonight for sarah shourd, released from an iranian prison and flown immediately to oman, who put up the $500,000 that iran was demanding for her bail according to some reports. >> on behalf of myself and my family, if anything, i'm standing here today because of the efforts of many people and many governments. >> reporter: she was reunited there with her mother, nora, who with the other two mowers had been lobbying and begging for the release of their children, saying that they had simply wandered across the border, an unmarked border in iran fr
a major step toward permanently plugging up the blownout well behind the worst offshore oil spill in u.s. history. for more on that, we go to kristin dahlgren, live in louisiana with more. good morning. >> good morning to you, lynn. day 150 and that relief well that they started drilling shortly after this all started has finally intersected with the mccondo well some 2 1/2 miles below the floor of the gulf. admiral thad allen said that the two wells were connected and that the next step was to pump mud and cement down into that well to permanently seal it off. obviously, great news for people in this area, but really just one step in their recovery. oil continues to wash ashore. and this week, thousands of dead fish. take a look at these pictures. looks almost like a graph grave there. scientists say it was caused by lack of oxygen and it's not uncommon here, but people are asking that the oil disbursants didn't play into that. tony hayward defended bp's safety record this week as he testified in britain. he said there's no need to rethink deep water drilling. meantime, here in louisian
franzen is live for us at the united nations in new york. good morning, michelle. >> reporter: good morning, amara. he will have his work cut out for him. many of the same foreign policy issues that have been taken up here throughout the years still exist. certainly combat units in iraq left at the end of august. but nearly 50,000 u.s. troops remain in iraq mainly to train security forces. in afghanistan, troops have been increased in that region. and also insurgent attacks have also been increased. you mentioned peace in the middle east, earlier this month there were talks between israeli and palestinian leaders. so far though no more direct talks are scheduled. at the same time, the president is also having to deal with the domination of domestic issues here at home, jobs, also the mid-term elections that are coming up in november and the president certainly in his three-day trip here has also taken time to attend a major fund-raiser for the democrats. >> thank you for that report, michelle. >>> for many today, additional health benefits go in effect on this, the six-month anniver
that was seized by pirates off the coast of somalia is free this morning, after being rescued by the u.s. marines. navy officials say the marines seized control of the vessel and captured the alleged pirates without firing a single shot. no one was hurt, partly because the crew had managed to kill the ship's engines before locking themselves in a panic room-style chamber. >>> a new gallop ranking says the united states is fifth most generous country on earth. >>> the dow opens at 10,015 after gaining, the nasdaq rose 7. in overseas, in tokyo nikkei claimed 140 points, in hong kong the hang scene up 90. >>> with wall street still looking for a momentum of its own, stocks rose thursday, thanks to upbeat data that lifted hopes that the economic recovery may be resuming. early on the s&p 500 touched a one-month high after data showed new claims for unemployment insurance fell to their lowest level in two months last week. trading was also fueled by data showing the u.s. trade deficit narrowed sharply in july, reflecting big gains in sales of u.s.-made airplanes and other manufactured goods while impo
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